The Justice Department has charged a North Korea government spy in connection with the 2014 cyber attack on Sony Pictures.
Park Jin Hyok was charged with carrying out the hack on behalf of North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau — one of the country’s leading military intelligence agencies, according to criminal complaint released on Thursday.
The United States government has long attributed the attack to North Korea, and President Barack Obama ordered sanctions be imposed on Pyongyang at the time.
The hack, conducted by a group identifying itself as “Guardians of Peace,” exposed a trove of Sony’s internal emails, among them embarrassing exchanges between producers and top studio executives. They spawned a international of headlines and a slew of articles detailing the inner-workings of Sony.
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The scandal culminated in the departure of top executive Amy Pascal, who cracked racist jokes about former President Barack Obama in one of the released emails.
Hackers also wiped data from thousands of computers as well as stole and released films not yet available to the public. The attack additionally forced the Hollywood studio to delay the release and eventually pull Seth Rogen’s “The Interview,” a satirical flick depicting the assassination of Kim Jong Un.
Multiple theaters refused to show the movie following terrorists threats that accompanied the hack.
Hours before the charges were announced, President Trump gushed over the North Korea leader on Twitter.
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims ‘unwavering faith in President Trump,’” he wrote Thursday morning. “Thank you to chairman Kim. We will get it done together.”